The long-term survival of wrecks depends on involvement from the diving community.
In 2004, Wessex Archaeology set up a series of 23 monitoring points around the Iona II wreck. This was to check the sediment level and structural collapse on the wreck site. The points were chosen to be clearly identifiable features of the wreck and relatively easy to find in the future.
Wessex Archaeology and a local dive club have photographed these points to monitor the changes to the site but there proved to be too many points to cover within a dive.
An improved version of the monitoring system has been created for the diver trail. The 12 monitoring points are shown below with the angle at which photographs should be taken. Divers are welcome to contribute to this archive of monitoring photos by uploading photos of the points here to our Flickr groups:
Iona II - Marine Life
Iona II - Forward section frames
Iona II - Forward funnel
Iona II - Starboard paddle wheel
Iona II - Hull plating
Iona II - Port paddle wheel
Iona II - Fireboxes
Iona II - Engine
Iona II - Aft boilers
Iona II - Aft funnel
Iona II - Sternpost
Iona II - Forward boilers
Iona II - General Photos
Divers can also contribute to the Iona II Dive Trail YouTube playlist.Make sure to include 'Iona II Dive Trail' in the video title and it will be added to the playlist for others to see.
Seasearch is a UK organisation that provides training and guidance for divers interested in contributing to the preservation of marine life and habitats. Seasearch have different monitoring forms to be completed based on the diver’s skill set. They also provide training on marine life identification. Please click here to be taken to their website.
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